Fabregas reveals what he’s ‘realised’ watching Arsenal training and ‘couldn’t believe’ about Chelsea
Cesc Fabregas has opened up on what he’s noticed about Mikel Arteta’s squad having watched them train in recent weeks, and explained what he “couldn’t believe” watching Chelsea.
Fabregas spent eight years at Arsenal, captaining the Gunners before moving to Barcelona, ahead of a return to the Premier League with Chelsea, with whom he won two Premier League titles.
Now playing for Serie B side Como, Fabregas has also been taking his coaching badges and was welcomed back to Arsenal by Arteta, with Fabregas watching first-team training and leading sessions with the Under 18s group.
On punditry duty for Sky Sports as Arsenal eased to a 3-1 win over Chelsea at the Emirates, Fabregas said he’s noticed a “togetherness” in the Arsenal group, which is completely at odds with what he’s seeing from Chelsea.
He said: “I realise the togetherness of the team and the profile of the players is very humble and positive. I see the togetherness that sometimes makes champions,” he said when asked what he had spotted during his visits to training.
“I think we saw two different sides. One was really well-drilled, very well-coached with clear ideas, patterns of how they want to press – especially in Chelsea’s half – how they want to attack, how they’re going to find their movement.
“They were fluid and Chelsea allowed that. I felt sometimes Chelsea, we used to have a coach when we were little and it was like we have eleven olives, you throw them on the table and this is the tactics that sometimes we’re looking at.
“Sometimes I couldn’t believe it, the tactical and technical mistakes we’re seeing from Chelsea players. We are not used to it. Especially from individuals, in midfield, for example, you have a World Cup winner, World Cup winner, World Cup finalist. Sometimes it doesn’t prove anything to have that experience.”
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Asked what the problem is at Chelsea, who have rifled through four different managers this season and spent close to £600m on new players, Fabregas says the players need to “look in the mirror”.
“It’s just sometimes about the players, you have to take a look in the mirror at yourself and ask questions,” he added.
“Because nowadays in what I see in this new generation – not so much like 10, 15 years ago, we didn’t used to have them – the excuse is to look at the manager.
“The manager doesn’t play, it’s 11 players who need to show up tonight.
“You train during the week to show up here, to show hard and show ambition to win football games, especially when you are playing for Chelsea in the same way Arsenal did tonight.
“They didn’t do that and sometimes we need to look at the players and more on what they perform than not just an excuse for the new generation, which is to look at the manager all of the time.”
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